Winter Park businessman Rob Panepinto raised more than $100,000 in March for his run for the office of Orange County mayor.

Panepinto’s March campaign finance filings show that he brought in $35,200 for his official campaign fund and another $65,000 for his independent political committee, Vision Orange County in March. As a result, his campaign now has raised $319,332, and finished March with just over $254,000 left in the bank. Vision Orange County now has raised $181,149, and entered April with about $90,000 in cash.

Meanwhile, Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke reported raising $11,955 for his Orange County mayoral run. That brings his campaign’s total haul to $274,766, and it entered April with about $268,000 left.

Both pale compared with Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, who reported last week that his official campaign had brought in $52,225 in March, while his independent committee Orange County Citizens for Smart Growth, brought in $185,500. Demings two committees entered April with a combined reserve of $726,000.

They all seek to succeed term-limited Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, who is running for the position of Orange County School Board chair this year.

About The Author

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.